2012 : Year in Review

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Now that 2013 is upon us, a quick look back at 2012 through pictures. While going through these, I realized I was HORRIBLE at taking every day pictures of the kids. One of my (I hope I can keep up with) resolutions for the new year.

We started off the new year last year with Henry's first trip to the Children's museum. If I remember correctly, the giant bubbles and dramatic play area/grocery store were some of his favorite areas.


I spent a ton of time photographing Claire. When you could put her down and she couldn't move away, those were the good days! These sweet pea outfit ones are some of my favs from the early part of 2012.


I inched closer to 30 by turning 27 last year.


Ryan spent the entire month of January and some weeks into February creating a loft space in our once double story foyer. These pictures of Henry were the first pictures I took in my "studio".


In February, sadly, we said goodbye to Grandpa Bennett and, as Ryan's parents moved to their new sunny home in Arizona, we said goodbye to Ryan's childhood home.

February also saw Claire's first taste of solid food, and the beginning of potty training for Henry! (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/03/potty-training-101.html)


In March, it appears we enjoyed an unusually warm day to go to a new park.


I also busted out my camera for some candids.


While on an extended maternity leave with Claire through the end of the 2012 school year, after having my leave request denied for the 2012-2013 school year, I officially closed the book on teaching and resigned from my position. (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-giving-it-all-up.html) Henry enjoyed coloring eggs this year, but was completely uninterested in the Easter Bunny.


These two used my studio up the most during these late winter months when we couldn't take pictures outside.


Ryan turned 28 and got a pool table.


In May, Ryan and I went on a little vacation to California. Loved the sun, sand and warmth. Ryan even tried surfing for the first time!


The month of May also brought us some tough experiences going through a school evaluation to get Henry to qualify under the Autism Spectrum label. (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/06/on-other-side-of-fence.html)

Henry and Claire slowly began "playing" with each other.


As summer heated up, we went to lots of Twins games with Chris and Kelly.


We officially said goodbye to Grandpa Bennett with a beautiful ceremony.

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Henry turned 3 and I threw a pretty epic pirate party. (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/07/pirate-party-details.html)


and a few days later took some handsome pictures of the little guy.


I ran a Lemonade Stand mini-session for some clients and of course, had Henry and Claire stop by too!


We took a trip to Lake Minnetonka and this gorgeous summer morning.


Used the 4th of July as a great excuse to take some more pictures :)


Saw the Dinosaurs at the Minnesota Zoo!


Went to the Minnesota State Fair with my parents and loved the Little Farm Hands exhibit.


Enjoyed some yummy Cherry Berry Yogurt and their fun decor.


In September, we went to a new apple orchard near Grandma Karen and Bumpa Dale's house. Claire found her LOVE of apples.


September also saw the start of Henry's first day of preschool! After 4-5 days of all-out screaming, we finally separated from Mommy, but even still, up unitl his last day there right before Christmas, he wouldn't talk to anyone there. (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/09/preschool.html)

After a surprise positive pregnancy test in mid-August, we heard the words "there is no heartbeat" for the 3rd time in our young lives. (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/10/come-wake-me-up.html)

A few weeks later we grabbed some pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.


We threw a Cheerios themed party for Claire Bear's first birthday! (http://hackberryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/11/claires-cheerio-birthday-party-details.html)


And contrary to her well known love of food, she was NOT into the cake smashing.

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Shortly before Claire's birthday, I was beyond fortunate enough to swap sessions with a well known, fabulous photographer in the area (www.jmphotography.com). Our first real session that didn't involve a tripod, remote, screaming children and crying mother. I will love these images forever.


I wrapped up Claire's 1 year session photos with this set, easily some of my personal best.


We donned some pretty cute costumes and went trick or treating! Henry absolutely loved it. We STILL have some candy in his bucket!


During the late days of October and into early November, Ryan was offered an opportunity to interview for a promotion with St. Jude that would land us in Texas if the position was accepted. Obviously, anyone still reading this blog knows that we did indeed accept that offer and put our house up for sale shortly before Thanksgiving.

We spent Thanksgiving at Barry and Mary Ellen's and I took the kids outside for these quick ones (because, really, you can't waste a good pair of cute outfits!)


Claire wanted NOTHING to do with the 13 month portraits. This one is virtually it.


I gave her a cookie to keep her in place for her 14 month portrait.


After 4 months of daily living with 4 under 4, we said goodbye to Ella and Cole in December. We had a fun day of cookies, popcorn and presents.


We went to Macy's Santaland for the first time and were somewhat unimpressed with the big guy this year.


There are pieces of this missing, obviously. Like the Christmas pictures I haven't worked on yet. All the details of the promotion, house selling, buying, and, now, moving across the country to Texas. We've been here for 3 days so far. We are supposed to close on the Carver house on January 18th and close on the new house here in Texas on January 21st, moving on the 25th. I'll get to more on Texas (and Christmas) for that matter later.

2012 was busy. I lacked in taking pictures in general (especially as the year went on), but definitely in every day moments, and obviously didn't take the camera out with me much on outings either. And, clearly, I sucked at blogging this year. The story of Henry I posted the other day was the first narrative I've posted in who knows how long. I've slacked on Claire's monthly updates and I'm mad at myself for that. It all boils down to my super busy fall with family sessions, newborn sessions and weddings, Claire's party planning, the miscarriage, and then, of course, all the stuff that was involved in moving across the country.

2013 is going to be a better blogging year. Now that we are far away from so many loved ones, I'm going to be better about not only taking the pictures, but getting them up here for you all to see!

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